JOB VACANCIES

  • Senior Ecologist

    About us:

    Coombes UK plays a key role in the rail industry, providing a whole manner of off-track solutions, and minor civils works, in partnership with Network Rail and other major contractors.

    Coombes UK is also a leading Arboriculture and Forestry Contractor, with well over a decade of experience and expertise in the forestry sector. We have forged a strong industry reputation and we believe we have an unrivalled skill set and peerless knowledge of forestry work at all levels.

    We have seen recent significant growth and we are proud to be a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail, as well as having some exciting projects underway in woodland management, timber harvesting, rail and civils works across the country.  We are seeking skilled and experienced colleagues in a range of disciplines to support our growth and help us provide a service that is second to none.

    Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service.  If this sounds like you, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

    About the vacancy:

    Coombes is seeking a full time Senior Ecologist to play an integral role in the development and implementation of our Environmental Strategy.  As Senior Ecologist you will establish, manage and develop ecological management strategies, plans and resources across the company.   You will ensure senior management is kept informed of the ecological status of our active sites and be experienced in data collation and technical report-writing.

    This is also a hands-on role in which you will conduct ecological studies and impact assessments across a range of projects and environments to identify and advise how Coombes can balance the needs of our projects with those of the environment.  You will subsequently implement, monitor and evaluate protective actions/measures etc., reporting to senior management as required.

    The ideal candidate will be pragmatic, an excellent communicator, self-motivated and able to work autonomously.  As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company and having significant experience as an Ecologist, candidates must also have the following:

    • Degree in a related subject, or equivalent
    • Protected species handling licence/s (ideally dormice, newts, bats)
    • Associate Member of CIEEM
    • Highly organised with excellent analytical and report-writing skills
    • Rail PTS qualified (desirable)
    • Experience in the rail industry (desirable)
    • Line management experience (desirable)

    You will be field-based for a significant amount of your time, so you must be happy to work in all that the British weather has to offer!  Based in Hampshire and conducting field work across the southern region, the successful candidate must be flexible in their approach to work, have a full driving licence and be willing to travel.

    Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 DOE. A Company van will be available for the postholder.

    Working hours: 40 hours per week, to be worked Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm with 1hr unpaid break each day.  This role will require some out of hours working associated with ecological surveys, including weekends, evenings and overnight.

    For a role profile, please contact the HR Manager on 01730 231761 or email recruitment@coombesuk.com.   To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email by 9am on 23rd April 2021 to recruitment@coombesuk.com or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

     

    General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As part of our recruitment processes, Coombes collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Sending us your CV for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of recruitment. Your data is not use in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process.

    We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

     

  • Senior Health and Safety Advisor

    About us:

    Coombes UK plays a key role in the rail industry, providing a whole manner of off-track solutions, and minor civils works, in partnership with Network Rail and other major contractors.  We fully assess our clients’ requirements, apply our specialist knowledge accordingly and using our own OTP and machinery, we are able to create a cost-effective and practical solution.

    We are also a leading Arboriculture and Forestry Contractor, with well over a decade of experience and expertise in the forestry sector.

    Coombes has seen recent significant growth and we are proud to be a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail.  We are looking for a new Senior Health and Safety Advisor to join our Health & Safety team to support the growth of the business and promote compliance with the Safety Management System.

    Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a proactive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service.  If this sounds like you, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

     

    About the vacancy:

    Coombes requires a Senior Health and Safety Advisor, experienced in the rail industry, to play an active role in our busy Health & Safety team, on a full-time permanent basis to grow with the Company.

    The successful applicant will proactively maintain and develop their knowledge of health, safety and welfare at work legislation and best practice, ensuring Coombes not only meets its legal and contractual obligations but acts as an industry leader in its Health and Safety practices.  We are looking for a confident professional who takes a hands-on approach in supporting and directing line managers and operatives alike, to work at the highest safety standards.

    As Senior Health and Safety Advisor, you will design, implement, review and evaluate a range of documented plans, procedures and on-site measures to meet requirements and re-enforce positive health and safety behaviours.   You will take an active role in accident investigations, conducting risk assessments, inspections and audits, ensure compliance across the Company and help to embed a strong Health & Safety culture at Coombes.

    This role will require you to be an excellent communicator who is self-motivated, able to work autonomously and coach junior team members. As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company and having recent and significant experience within the Rail industry, candidates must have the following:

     

    • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, or near completion, or similar
    • PTS (Personal Track Safety)
    • Training and excellent working knowledge of COSHH, PUWER and LOLER
    • Accident investigation experience
    • IOSH membership

     

    Whilst this role will be based at our head office in Hampshire, you will travel frequently to sites across south, central and west England.  The successful candidate must therefore have a full driving licence.

     

    Salary:  £40-45,000 DOE + company van for business use.

     Working hours:   40 hours per week, to be worked Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm with 1hr unpaid break. This role will require some out of hours working, including at weekends and evenings.

     

    For a role profile, please contact the HR Manager on 01730 231761 or email recruitment@coombesuk.com.

    To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to recruitment@coombesuk.com or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB, by 9am on 23rd April 2021.

    Interviews are scheduled for 29th and 30th April 2021.

     

    General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As part of our recruitment processes, Coombes collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Sending us your CV for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of recruitment. Your data is not use in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process.

    We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

  • Operations Forester

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    Coombes requires an Operations Forester to join our busy forestry team on a full-time basis, to grow with the Company. The successful applicant will assist in the planning, management and reporting of all our forestry operations. This includes several significant timber harvesting contracts but will also include other work such as roading and reinstatement.

    The role will require you to manage operations and plan logistics of our works, utilising GIS where required, to establish resources, site layout, constraints and features. It is essential therefore that you have strong planning and logistical skills with experience in the forestry industry. An excellent and confident communicator, you will also effectively coordinate, direct and supervise a team of operators in the delivery of works.

    Significant experience using MS Excel is essential, as the Operations Forester will be required to monitor and manage contract progress and production rates, as well as provide weekly reports/profiles to our customers.

    Whilst this role is based at our offices in Petersfield, you will frequently be on site in woodlands across the south-central area of England. The successful candidate must therefore have a full driving licence and be happy to work in all that the British weather has to offer!

    You will be self-motivated and have an excellent working knowledge of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety standards. Qualification/s in a related subject is desirable, but Coombes is committed to providing training and professional development to support your career in the forestry industry.

    Working hours: 42.5 hours per week, to be worked Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm with 1hr unpaid break each day.
    Salary: £28-32,000 + vehicle provided for business use.

    For further information about this opportunity please contact our Senior Forestry Manager, Tim
    Dicker, on 01730 231761 or email tim@coombesuk.com
    For a role profile, please contact the HR Manager on 01730 231761 or email recruitment@coombesuk.com. To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email by 9am on 9th April 2021 to recruitment@coombesuk.com or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

    Interviews are scheduled for Monday 19th April 2021.
    General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As part of our recruitment processes, Coombes collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Sending us your CV for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of recruitment. Your data is not use in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process.

    We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

  • Forwarder Operator

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    Experienced Forwarder operator required for the HS2 Project. The successful applicant must hold the relevant FMOC certificates. Vehicle supplied
    Please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@coombesuk.com

  • Harvester Operator 

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    Experienced Harvester operator required. The successful applicant must hold the relevant FMOC certificates. Vehicle Supplied
    Please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@coombesuk.com

  • Operatives/Ground Staff

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    Enthusiastic, reliable and eager to learn various skills. CS30 (201) CS 31 desirable, but not necessary as on the job training to certification given to the right candidate.  This role will also cover candidates that are looking to progress into climbing, machinery operation and supervisory roles.

  • Chainsaw Operators

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    NPTC CS30/31 Qualified and experienced chainsaw operators preferably with CS38 and CS39. Utility/Rail qualifications and/or experience desirable

    Useful Competencies

  • Sub-contractors

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    Coombes are currently looking for sub-contract teams to work on rail contracts throughout the south of England.

  • Machine Operative

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    Experience is essential in these roles and ideally you will have the relevant certification such as FMOCs and CPCS. Driver and the ability to work well on your own as well as part of a team is a must.

  • Team Leader

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    We are able to offer team leader roles for candidates who have a proven track record with several years experience and have a broad range of competencies, driver essential.

  • Climbers

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    We have roles for both new and experienced climbers but must have the relevant certification.

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